Archive for December, 2009

And the beat goes on

December 17, 2009

There is a special session called for today, but it doesn’t look like there is going to be anything special about it.  This session, like the one a month ago will not address any sort of tax election or any attempts to reduce voter mandated spending.  So, what are we left with?

More Cuts.

More Budget Cuts.

As I have said before, it is abundantly clear that more cuts need to be made.  The question is, where?  And how do we continue to move down this path not knowing if there will ever be enough cuts to put this budget back on track?  For those who think that we can cut our way out of this problem, how come it hasn’t happened already?  How come that is not on the table for this special session?  If it is so easy to do, and everyone is on board, why hasn’t it happened?

Everyone seems to be still standing around not willing to work together to get this thing done.  Until the state runs out of money, there is going to be no motivation for them.  So, as it is, the beat will continue to go on, and this mess will continue unsolved.

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ICEBERG!!!

December 1, 2009

The current state budget hole sits at $1.6 billion for this year, and more than $3 billion for next year.  More major cuts are coming, but that still may not be enough.  The iceberg is upon us and we are still quibbling on what should be done to fix the state.

First, it’s abundantly clear that more significant cuts will have to be made.  $300 million was a good start, but more will have to be done.  Let’s face it, with so much of the state budget wrapped up in education, there are going to have to be more cuts made in that area.  It’s almost like some people just woke up to this fact.  “Holy crap, they are cutting education?!?  Why isn’t anyone doing anything about this?”  Well, fixes were offered up, and they failed to get enough votes.  So now, we are left with cuts.  Thank the Democrats and a handful of Republicans for not fixing the problem.

Now, how much to cut?  Some people say cut all the way to balancing the budget.  Well, where should the state cut?  I’m all ears.  Apparently, cutting education is bad.  So is closing the rest stops.  Everyone wants the state to make big cuts just like a regular person does, but they complain with each loss of service.  We are still stuck with the notion that there is magical money out there that should found and cut.  Anti-tax rhetoric grows, but it is not buoyed with any connection to reality – no definitive cuts offered, no real solutions found.  But hey, it sounds nice.

In fact, others think that if we cut even more taxes, the money will start rolling in.  Ah yes, I bet people are going to run to Arizona because the taxes are even lower.  Who cares about the fact that there is no good schools for their kids and public safety is at a bare minimum.  Who needs a quality of life anyway?

The reality is, either stop complaining about the cuts that the state is making, or get on board with letting the voters decide.  Standing on the sidelines doing nothing is not a solution.